Ian Stanley Crerar: Local Boy Makes Good

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Ian Stanley Crerar (born June 19, 1965 and therefore a lot younger that Roger) is a Canadian race and rally car driver, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He began his racing career on the water in power boat racing in the FE class. 

Canadian Rally
In 2003 he won the novice class at the Snowy Safari navigational rally in Ontario.[ Later moving to performance rally in the Canadian Rally Championship, gaining a second place in the P1 class in a Suzuki Swift in the 2005 Rallye Perce Neige in Maniwaki, Quebec.  In a 1977 Porsche 911, Ian came second in Group 5 in the Canadian Association of Rally Sport (CARS) series for 2006.  

Road Racing
In 2013 Crerar converted the 1982 Porsche rally car into a vintage road racing car to campaign at Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada[5] (VARAC) events. Crerar then built a 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo and ran it in the Canadian Touring Car Championship series in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 Crerar won the Grand Touring Championship. Continue reading

Canadian Team Set to Compete in Rallye Monte Carlo

While most hard core armchair racing fans in Canada will be glued to the television and internet to watch some fellow Canadians in action at the Rolex 24 at Daytona,  that is not the only iconic international racing event taking place this weekend.

Tomorrow morning marks the start of the 87th Rallye Monte Carlo, which was first held in 1911 and featured routes all over Europe, finishing in Monaco.

Prince Edward County resident, Ian Crerar will be competing in the Monte Carlo for the second time, in the WRC R-GT class, at the wheel of a Porsche 911 which is sporting a spectacular Canadian livery.

A true privateer entry, Crerar’s rally car is a former street car with 300,000 km on the odometer, which has had all the safety modifications done to meet the stringent FIA rules.

A regular competitor in Canadian regional racing and rallying, Crerar’s has taken part in several European rallies, most recently in the 2018 WRC Corsica with this same 911.

Racing is a family affair for Crerar, whose Wife, Michelle Laframboise is also an active rallyist and road racer, having won the Rebelle Rally in 2018 and son Cameron also races.

Rallye Monte Carlo

The family team is Clearwater Design Racing, an offshoot of the successful kayak company they operate.

Primarily a tarmac event, The Monte is the first round of the annual WRC calendar and is known for offering up a treacherous mix of dry pavement, glare ice and snow and so far the 2019 event is living up to its reputation. The roads today are snow covering sheer ice and one recce stage was cancelled when two cars went off at the same spot, blocking the road.

Crerar and co-driver Christina Kroner are both offering up regular Facebook live updates. You can follow them on the team’s Facebook page and on the WRC home page.

You can also see his stats at:  https://www.ewrc-results.com/profile/13322-ian-crerar/

Source:  https://www.wheels.ca/news/canadian-team-set-to-compete-in-rallye-monte-carlo/


We are ‘go’ for Picton!

Please be sure to mark the last weekend of May on your car calendar and plan to join us for the return of Regional I & II AutoSlalom events at Picton airfield.

Joining us again this year will be Steven Day and his crew.  As well, we will be using all of the event tricks used at last year’s National Championships.

But who knows?!  There maybe more in store this year and wouldn’t like to be joined by our US counterparts.  There may even be some extra fun for the family with RC autoslalom and perhaps even some car karaoke.  And remember, for best results it’s in fast and come out slow!

See you in 2019!

January Meeting

Happy New Year, everyone

We hope you’ll plan to join us at our next meeting of the St Lawrence Automobile Club planned for Tuesday, January 22nd at the home of Danby Crowder, 657 Simmons Road, Odessa (see Map below).  Things will get underway at 7pm.
  • Tour what will certainly someday be featured on an edition of Big Bad Barn Finds.
  • Hear Roger explain the Latin origins of the double-entry accounting system!  Or a Treasurer’s Report anyways…
  • Listen as Rob takes you step by step through the grueling process of updating the club’s registration with the Provincial Government.
  • Get an update on Subaru’s Winter Driving Experience.
  • Endlessly debate the pros and cons associated with affiliating the club with the rally-sport governing bodies.
  • Laugh out loud as Roger provides the best in automobile short films that’s bound to get your mouth salivating for a return to the racing season.
  • Get elected!  Yes, you, too, can be el Presidento, the Secretary and Guardian of the sacred scrolls of membership, a treasurer or Vice-President in charge of what ever you want!
  • Get reminded of all the wonderful ways in which you can help add to the club and more.
And there may even be snacks!  So why not plan to renew old acquaintances!  Renew your membership!
Roger Curtis
Dir of Cmnctns/Treasurer/Web-boy Wonder

Pre-January Meeting Trivia

Win fabulous prizes!  Make a name for yourself!  Get featured at stlac.ca!!!

Do you know the answers to these car trivia questions?  If so, bring your answer along with yourself to the TBA January meeting.  Check your answers below:

  1. What was the name of the vehicle that Clark Griswold purchased for his family?  All four words required. Wagon Queen Family Truckster
  2. Who sold the ‘car’ to Clark Griswold?   Mr. Ed (Eugene Levy)
  3. What was the name of the dealership?   Lou Glutz Motors

Classic Car Auto Events 2019

Jan 13 Woodstock Nostalgia Show and Sale Woodstock Auditorium and Mutual/Market Buildings, Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., larger than ever, now expanded to two buildings, over 220 vendor tables, featuring gas station memorabilia, automotive memorabilia, vintage license plates, advertising signs, small antiques, vintage paper, vintage toys, postcards, coins, bottles, records, glass, china and tins. Coke, brewery, railraod, sports, music, movie, television and other vintage collectibles. Spectator admission: $5. Info: 519-426-8875 (please call before 8 p.m.), email: toyshow@kwic.com
Jan 20 Woodstock Automotive Flea Market Woodstock Auditorium and Mutual/Market Buildings, Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis St., 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a two building indoor automotive flea market, all indoors, up to 200 vendor tables, no outside vendors, featuring auto parts and accessories, plus automotive and gas station related memorabilia, if you sell parts, we want you as a vendor at this automotive flea market. Spectator admission: $5. Vendors: 8 ft. tables $25 each or 3 tables for $65 – pre-registration required. Vendors info: Ian Ward, P.O. Box 705, Simcoe, ON, N3Y 4T2. Info: 519-426-8875 (please call Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), email: autoswap@kwic.com
Date February Events City Details
Feb 3 Ancaster Nostalgia Show and Sale Ancaster Marritt Hall, on the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., exit Highway #403 at exit 55 and go 1/2 mile south, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., up to 160 vendor tables, featuring gas station memorabilia, automotive memorabilia, vintage license lates, advertising signs, small antiques, vintage paper, vintage toys, postcards, records, coins, bottles and tins. Coke, brewery, railroad, sports, music, movie, television and other vintage collectibles. Spectator admission: $5. Info: 519-426-8875 (please call before 8 p.m.), email: toyshow@kwic.com
Feb 10 Auto Flea Market Paris Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., 8 a.m. to ? Vendor set-up 7 a.m. Spectator admission: $5. Vendors: $10, tables provided. Hosted by Brant Street Rods. Info: 519-759-7735
Feb 16 Indoor Automotive Flea Market Kingsville Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, 6155 Arner Townline, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spectator admission: $5 per adult, children 12 and under free. Vendors: $20 per spot to vend. Hosted by: Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village. Info: 519-776-6909, email: events@ctmhv.com
Feb 17 11th Annual Winter Beater Cruise London Start point Tommys Motors, 2268 Wharncliffe Rd., S. Lambeth, finish point Steve Plunkett Estate, registration 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Vehicle admission: $10 (per person). Info: Ken Chaplin, 519-691-0398, Chuck West, 519-633-3554, proceeds to Jessies Journey
Date March Events City Details
Mar 8 – Mar 10 Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo Mississauga International Centre (Toronto), 6900 Airport Rd., Fri.-Sat., March 8-9 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun. March 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: schedule is subject to change, check MotoramaShow.com for updates. Spectator admission: single day tickets: adults (ages 15 to 64) $23, seniors (65+) $20, youth (ages 7 to 14) $15. Three day pass: adult (ages 15 to 64) $60, seniors (ages 65+) $50, youth (7 to 14) $35. Children under 7 free with adult. Free parking. Hosted by: Motorama. Info: 416-962-7223, email: info@motoramashow.com
Mar 23 – Mar 24 2019 London Speed and Custom Show London Agriplex, Western Fair District, 845 Florence St., Mar. 23 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mar. 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectator admission: $12 in advance at www.westernfairdistrict.com, $16 at the door, seniors $12 at the door, kids 12 and under free. Vehicle admission: $25 plus HST. Hosted by: Western Fair District. Info: Rob Lumsden, 519-438-7203 x. 371, email: rlumsden@westernfairdistrict.com
Date May Events City Details
May 4 – May 5 48th Annual AACA Antique Automotive Flea Market Lindsay Lindsay Fairgrounds, opens 8 a.m. Spectator admission: $7 per person per day, children under 12 free. Hosted by Antique Automobile Club of America, Ontario Region. Info: Leon Butterworth, 705-760-6564
May 4 – May 5 Stirling 2019 Annual Auto and Antique Flea Market Stirling Rec. Centre, Stirling Fairgrounds, 20 kms north of Hwy. 401 on Hwy. 33, open to public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free parking. Spectator admission: $5, under 12 free. Vendors: $50 site, limited sites left. Hosted by Stirling Ag Society. Info: Roxanne, 613-395-1583, email: treasurer@stirlingfair.com